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I visited Mount Mitchell (6,684'), the highest point in North Carolina, on "Spring Break" of 2006. My family (Mom, Dad, brother, sister, my sister's friend, my grandma Pinkert, my aunt Nancy, my cousin Timothy and my cousin's friend) all drove up from Texas in a large RV they rented. We met up in the Smoky Mountains NP for some camping and hiking. When they headed home to Texas, I decided to squeeze in a few highpoints over the weekend before returning to Lexington. I would bag three new ones total on this trip: NC, VA, and KY.

Mount Mitchell is a beauty, located northeast of Asheville, NC in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Despite warm temperatures in town, it was a rainy and very cold day up on the top. Large piles of snow remained from the winter storms, piled up at the ends of the parking lot. This well developed highpoint had some signs indicating that Mount Mitchell is home to some of the strongest winds in the country. I have to say I would agree with that boast. I was could only stand the cold driving winds at the top of the watch tower for a few minutes before retreating to my car for safety. I am glad I was able to visit and hope to make back again soon.

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Map of US HighPoints
KEY: States: Green - summited, Yellow - attempted, White - Not visited
Dots: Green - State Lowpoint, Red - State Highpoint

 

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